A while back I posted about a book by Michael Coren called Why Catholics Are Right, [Kindle HERE] an apologetics tool that provide readers with answers and responses to some questions and controversies which we hear in the news and conversations (e.g., anti-Catholic chestnuts, saws, canards, clichés).
I am about a third of the way into it and wanted to bring it to your attention.
One thing I noticed about this volume is that it lack an index (the first book didn’t have one either). I think that is a mistake. Perhaps some authors or publishers think an index makes a book look scary or too scholarly. An index is useful (something I hope that Ignatius Press will figure out too – many of their great books are weakened by the lack of an index). When you want to find something, you can find it. Otherwise, when I read these indices-challenged books, I read with a pen and make lots of margin notes and create a sort of running index in the back. That said, there are end notes and a bibliography.
I recommended Coren’s first book to a priest friend of mine who was engaged in some catechesis and apologetics with some people. He found it very useful.
After an Introduction, here are the titles in the Table of Contents:
- There Is No God, Bad Things Happen To Good People, and So On
- The Da Vinci Code
- All the Clever People Are Atheists. Or, Christians Are Stupid
- Hitler Was a Christian
- Christians and Christianity Supported Slavery
- Christians Are Opposed To Science
- Christians Oppose Progress and Change
- Christians Are Obsessed with Abortion
- What Else Can We Throw at Christians?
Coren’s style is straight forward and you don’t have to have an advanced degree to follow him. You could use this book to prepare yourselves for conversations, to answer questions and doubts you might have, or you could put it into the hands of someone who has brought up some objections.
Since Coren digs with pointed tool into some topics, such as homosexuality, this is a good tool for adults rather than for kids.
Catholics need to know their Faith so that we can fulfill what we are asked to be and do in Scripture. “Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15) When we have the right perspective and answers to objections, we aren’t as likely to be angry, frustrated or impatient in dealing with others during conversations.
We need to be knowledgeable, articulate and charitable in the presentation of and defense of the Faith.
Finally, I picked up from the blog Etheldreda’s Place (by one of our frequent commentators here), that the author Coren was interviewed on EWTN. I am posting the video below. Coren is one of three people interviewed. I would also like to point out that an old acquaintance of mine is also interviewed: Andreas Widmer – a former Swiss Guard and author of The Pope and the CEO (about what he learned about leadership from his many years near John Paul II).
The Coren section starts at about 8:30.